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New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing – Halcón Resources Corp. et al

Halcón Resources Corp. et al (NYSE: HK) and 21 affiliates have filed chapter 11 petitions before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Lead Case No. 16-11724)....more

Luxembourg Supreme Court extends banks’ duty to individual guarantors

The Luxembourg Supreme Court has ruled on a bank’s obligations when taking a personal guarantee (cautionnement) from an individual to secure a loan of a third-party debtor. The ruling follows the current trend for a clear...more

Are Those Taxes Owing On Your Late-Filed Tax Return Dischargeable? Maybe, But You Better Be In The Right Circuit

Individual debtors with old tax debts relating to late-filed tax returns may be surprised to find that those tax debts may not be dischargeable under section 523(a) of the Bankruptcy Code due to the lateness of the tax...more

Delaware Law Updates – Freedom of Contract in LLC Structure Is Not Absolute Where Parties Seek Bankruptcy Relief

In re Intervention Energy Holdings, LLC, Case No. 16-11247 (D. Del. June 3, 2016), the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware dealt with the issue of whether a Delaware LLC lacked authority to file a Chapter 11...more

Debt Buyers Should Exhaust All Avenues When Investigating Credit Report Disputes

Last week, the 11th Circuit issued an opinion reversing and remanding a prior decision from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia related to the proper verification of debts when a consumer...more

Preparing Yourself and Your Client for Chapter 11: Part I of II – The Petition Package, Filing the Case, Filing Fees, and First...

As a Chapter 11 debtor’s attorney, the prospect of serving as debtor’s counsel is an exciting – and increasingly rare – opportunity. The preparation for filing a Chapter 11 case involves negotiating complex cash collateral...more

The Customer Finally Pays, But the Bankruptcy Trustee Demands the Payment Be Returned; What to do When Faced with a Preference...

Many businesses have been there - a customer who is always slow to pay or, worse yet, has stopped all payments. You diligently press them for payment and after many promises, you finally receive payment. The receivable...more

Debtors’ Lien-Stripping Attempt Likely Would Have Succeeded in New Hampshire

A North Carolina bankruptcy court recently denied a Debtors’ attempt to “strip off” a junior lien on their primary residence by rejecting the argument that the property should be valued near the time of plan confirmation. In...more

Bankruptcy Courts Divided On Whether Chapter 13 Plan Extends Time for Redemption

Bankruptcy courts are currently divided on whether a debtor has a right to redeem property sold at a tax sale after the removed “statutory” redemption period has run. The time for redemption depends on the law of the state...more

Debtor May Still Claim Homestead Exemption Even If He Was Kicked Out

The bankruptcy court for the Eastern District of New York found that a debtor who was ordered to vacate his home could still claim an exemption in the property. In a divorce proceeding several months prior to the bankruptcy...more

Bankruptcy Court Rules Chapter 13 Debtors Must Assume or Reject Leases in 120 Days

In a recent decision from the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine, In re Cho, the Court ruled that 11 U.S.C. § 365(d)(4)(A) applies to debtors in Chapter 13 cases. In this case, the debtors operated a dry cleaning...more

Creditors Benefit from Seventh Circuit’s Interpretation of “Ordinary Course of Business” Defense to Preferences

The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently discussed the standard for whether payments made to vendors in the 90 days prior to a bankruptcy filing are within the “ordinary course of business” defense. In making...more

How Reporting a Crime May Subject You to Sanctions

You are a creditor and your loan is secured by personal property, let’s say equipment. The borrower recently filed for bankruptcy protection. You receive a phone call from a friend advising you that someone has a moving...more

Bankruptcy Pitfalls: How an infringer's bankruptcy could impact your IP rights

As a patent owner, you have the exclusive right to prevent others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing your claimed invention into the United States. You also have the ability to recover damages from a...more

Bankruptcy Courts Closing In – Will An Agreement Requiring Unanimous Consent To File For Bankruptcy Be Effective?

We’ve all seen it. The business opportunity looks enticing but is laced with risk about a potential bankruptcy filing down the road. As bankruptcy lawyers we are often asked how deals can be structured to prevent a...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court: Corporate Debtor's Negotiated Waiver of Bankruptcy Protection Void as Contrary to Federal Public Policy

A provision in LLC's corporate governance document, the sole purpose and effect of which is to place into the hands of a single minority holder (who happens to be a Creditor of the LLC) the ultimate authority to deny the...more

New Delaware Chapter 11 Filing – SynCardia Systems, Inc.

SynCardia Systems, Inc. has filed a chapter 11 petition before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Case No. 06-11599). The debtor is the manufacturer of an FDA-approved Total Artificial Heart. ...more

Lenders Cannot Prevent Borrowers From Filing Bankruptcy By Owning Minority Equity With Veto Power Over Borrower’s Decision To File...

In a recent decision, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware refused to enforce a provision in the debtor’s LLC operating agreement requiring a unanimous vote of the debtor’s members to authorize the debtor to...more

Seventh Circuit Clarifies What It Takes to Make a Preference Payment “Ordinary”

The Bankruptcy Code permits a bankruptcy trustee to compel return of a payment made to a creditor within 90 days before a bankruptcy petition. 11 U.S.C. § 547(b)(4)(A). The justification for compelling the return of...more

Indah Kiat – A Scheme Pulped

On 12 February 2016 Snowden J handed down his judgment in Indah Kiat International Finance Company B.V. [2016] EWHC 246 (Ch). Indah Kiat International Finance Company B.V. ("Indah Kiat"), part of the global Asia Pulp & Paper...more

Unsecured Creditor Perspectives in Energy Restructurings

This Practice Note provides guidance and advice to unsecured creditors in energy restructurings. This Note specifically addresses restructurings in the oil, gas, and coal industries and the strategies that unsecured creditors...more

The Tax Consequences of John Oliver’s $15 Million Medical Debt Forgiveness

It was widely reported that on the June 5 episode of the HBO program, Last Week Tonight, John Oliver forgave nearly $15 million of medical debt. That’s not quite right. This blog explains what really happened and why the...more

Mainbrace: June 2016 (No. 3)

As the July 1, 2016, effective date for the SOLAS Regulation VI/2 amendments quickly approaches, unanswered questions and difficulties complying with varied international and domestic implementations loom large. In an effort...more

Will Inherited IRAs Be Used As A Tool for Protecting An Inheritance from Creditors?

A recent decision out of a New Jersey Bankruptcy Court highlights a loophole in the Bankruptcy Code which may allow Chapter 7 debtors to keep significant assets out of the hands of trustees and creditors. In In re...more

One Bite at the Apple: Section 502(e)(1)(B) and the Disallowance of Redundant, Contingent Claims

Section 502(e)(1)(B) of the Bankruptcy Code allows debtors to seek disallowance of certain types of contingent claims to avoid being twice liable on a single obligation. It has the added benefits of facilitating debtors’...more

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